Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Morning – JAN 31

Everyone starts their musical tastes somewhere and I started with rap. Well, no that’s a lie, I started with whatever my mother played since I was a babe till I was around seven. Then, I listened to rap. It’s kind of funny some people were listening to grunge and other 90s type rock. I spent a majority of the 90s running from bullies, learning how to “fight,” telling scary stories, cheering and learning new dance moves, and most importantly fine-tuning the English language.

Thus, rap holds a special place in my heart. At least 90s rap, not really into the new rap that is mostly “crying lyrics,” and “R and B.” I like the “real stuff.” Here’s a small playlist of some of my favorite songs by rap artists.

Playlist Tracks

Hard Times – Bone Thugs N Harmony
Diamond in the Back – Ludacris
SPM Vs Los – South Park Mexican
Idlewild Blues (Don't chu Worry 'Bout Me) – Outkast
Frontin’ – Pharrel Williams
Here Comes the Hottstepper – Ini Kamoze
Until the End of Time – 2Pac
Waterfalls – TLC
Feel So Good – Mase
Caught Up – Usher
Rump Shaker – Wrex N Effect
Stay Fly – Three Six Mafia
Oh Carolina – Shaggy

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chasing Synapses

I got around to watching The Trip earlier this week. It’s a movie about a guy, Paul played by Peter Fonda, who takes LSD and goes trips. Really, it’s one hour of a guy seeing, experiencing, and ultimately causing trouble while being high. Well, naturally after watching this film I got an interest in LSD.

A couple of people at the time, like Timothy Leary, thought that LSD was the “gateway” drug that would help people. Timothy Leary, for example, encouraged the use of LSD for its therapeutic, emotional, and spiritual benefits. Advocates of LSD went as far as creating a book that mimics the Tibetan Book of the Dead. This is what really got my interest.

I followed a trail from William Blake (poet) down the The Doors (rock band) through a common denominator: LSD or drugs, really.

Here’s how it goes:

  • From 1790 to 1793 Poet William Blake created The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • In 1954 Aldous Huxley created The Doors of Perception, a book detailing his experiences with mescaline. He named the book from a line from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
  • In 1962-1964 Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert created “The Psychedlic Experience: A Manual based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. This book is dedicated to Aldous Huxley and includes a citation from The Doors of Perception. Part of this text is found in a Beatles track “Tomorrow Never Knows” (but this story is not about the Beatles)
  • 1965 Jim Morrison forms The Doors, taking the name from Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception.

This trail is a thesis waiting to happen. Jim Morrison was a poet, Timothy Leary had some crazy poet thoughts, Aldous Huxley was poetically inspired, and William Blake is one of the best poets in history. So after I chased that trail and the hour turned late, I realized something groovy, something totally fantastic and far out that explains my enlightenment this past week: it’s beautiful.

This goes back to the The Trip. In the beginning after Paul, the main character, drives to a dealer for some LSD. He has a two word conversation with Lulu, Katherine Walsh, who is really high (but poetic all the same).

He asks her, “how are you doing?” And she replies, “Beautiful.” Now, I know there’s a lot of terrible things out there in this world. I know there is loneliness, alienation, fear, despair, mockery, condemnation, misunderstanding, guilt, shame, failure, judgment, hate, violence, and so much more out there. I know, I’ve been there. But, when you take out all that you will find: love, life, happiness, and peace. Maybe you’ll find understanding too, if you’re lucky.

It’s just a matter of taking the anti-life equation and rearranging the order of operations to make *your* life beautiful. It really is beautiful. Here’s one more quote from The Trip for you:

I feel like everything is alive! Whole energy levels and fields flowing… That's the sun in my hands, man. It gives off an orange cloud of light... that just flows right out its seams.

Friday, January 28, 2011

dreams in espresso

visits to the coffee shop
writing the entire night
texting till
seven in the morning
because sleep comes
and with sleep
dreams of witches
buying and selling souls
watching the market
highest bidder takes
home the chai

visits to the coffee shop
after three shots of espresso
time to pray for sanity
bachelorette lifestyle remains
dreaming till
three in the afternoon
because sleep came
and with sleep
dreams of demons
singing and dancing for evil
watching the gate of hell
liveliest dancer wins
the money from the tip jar

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Watching: Rundown

A Tori Thursday Review by ToRI MaX

The Rundown (Widescreen Edition)Now for those of you interested in action packed films, then this movie is the perfect one for you. There’s not much romance because this movie is more comedy and action. The movie is called Rundown. I found really long summaries that are more like story lines, and then I found short sentences to explain the movie. I settled on a simple sentence that is sweet and straight to the point.

A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon, but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.

This summary is so simple because that really is the basic explanation for the movie. It may seem like such a boring storyline, but it is so full of action and comedy that you won’t think it’s so boring. My two favorite characters are the tough aspiring chef, Beck, and the mobster’s son who is searching for an artifact in the Amazon. Beck is so handsome and strong. His sidekick or companion, the mobster’s son, is the one who brings all the comedy into the movie. His character is so hilarious; it will literally make you roll on the floor laughing out loud. As for the ending of the movie, I will not confess. Happy searching for the Rundown.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

He's Back

I just saw on a friend's Facebook feed the "new video" of the Old Spice guy. This guy probably makes a lot of money as Old Spice has benefited from his "quirky" videos. Here's the new video:

As you can see from the title, "I'm Back," this guy might be around for a while. A long while as he promises "advertments" or so that will educate the population about the blue marble of ours. He invites us to look into his striking brown eyes for the new advertisements from Old Spice.

It's incredible... his eyes are not striking but I do see past them. He's butt-tired, he probably needs a bit more R&R and he looks solemnly lost. He's lost! Possibly has some issues as well.

Do you see it?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Watching: Sixteen Candles

A Tori Tuesday Review by ToRI MaX

Sixteen Candles (High School Reunion Collection)I love watching movies. They’re an escape from the real world. They have good endings, most of the time. This next movie I saw with a great friend of mine. The movie is called Sixteen Candles, and it’s definitely a romance movie! They’re my favorite type of movies because they always have a good ending, even though that’s sometimes not being realistic. Here’s the short summary for Sixteen Candles:

Samantha's life is going downhill fast. The fifteen-year-old has a crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents, a foreign exchange student named Long Duc Dong, and we have the makings of a hilarious journey into young womanhood.

What can I say? This movie is so sweet and romantic. I guess you could say it was definitely a romantic gushy chick flick. I can totally relate to Samantha. There have been times where my sisters forgot my birthday, but I’m older now. I forgive my sisters, and I understand they just get busy with their own life. As for you guys, you have to watch this movie, and you can’t forget this movie!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Morning – JAN 24

A short playlist for your Monday Morning. Click play on the Grooveshark Widget to listen to the songs. This week we have the music only playlist! Hopefully, by next week I'll get Stream Vera figured out so that I can broadcast a Monday Morning playlist LIVE  from my laptop yay! Until then, enjoy the music.

This Week's Track List:

  1. "I Wanna Take You Home" Annie
  2. "Fire In My Heart" Escape From New York
  3. "No G.D.M" Gina X Performance
  4. "Never Let Me Down" Depeche Mode
  5. "Ruined in a Day" New Order
  6. "Wordy Rappinhood" Tom Tom Club
  7. "Made in Japan" Nancy Nova
  8. "Do the Bambi" Stereo Total
  9. "I'm Not Your Toy" La Roux
  10. "Safari Disco Club" Yelle
  11. "Sexy" Belanova

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day Mode

This post is trivial.

I'm reverting to day mode. Something I discussed with a friend three nights ago. Basically, I'm going to wake up at unsopphey hours like 6AM and sleep at 11PM or Midnight. The first sound I heard this morning was my alarm clock. Then, the thoughts started. First I played snippet from the second track, "Ghost Song," the first line and matching chords. Then I listened to a portion of track 9, "Stoned Immaculate," which includes rhythm from the song "The Wasp (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)."

In my head I heard this:
Now listen to this
Let me tell you about
Texas Radio and the big beat
Let me tell you about heartache and the loss of God
Wandering, wandering in hopless night
That's not the entire lyric, but in my forgetful mind this is it. This is the magic stanza that speaks to me at 6AM. Some say that losing God is like losing "everything" because without God there is "nothing."

So then... there is a belief in Nothing when there is Nothing. There is a belief in Something when there is God. But, when there is both there is life?

I'll think about it more.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Psych-Out / The TripSo, I finally figured out how to broadcast on JTV. It might still kinda suck since the audio is being picked up by the microphone instead of the sound card. It's kinda cool I'm broadcasting Psych-Out *right* now. It's really hard to find Psych-Out on its own, so you can get both Psych-Out and the Trip in one DVD by clicking the image!

Psych-Out is an awesome movie. I can swear that I was tripping after the first time I saw it. Wikipedia info says that: Psych-Out (1968) is a feature film about hippies, psychedelic music, and recreational drugs, produced and released by American International Pictures. [WP]

The main character is deaf, so that brings in a different type of experience. To my knowledge, there aren't too many movies (even b-movies) for deaf people so finding this one made me grin. Especially because the supporting characters are real chill with the main character. That's the way it should be, people should be chill with each other regardless of hearing etc.

Most of the soundtrack is by Strawberry Alarm Clock who is one of my favorite psychedelic bands. They are   epic! Even if they had one best selling album and a couple of albums that are sooo obscure you can't really find them for cheap. Well, I'm going to finish watching Psych-Out. :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Annoyance Factor

Annoyance is a factor attached to people. I say this with the great love I have for humanity. People are awesome! People are creative, have great power over their environments, and can also be the most destructive beings in the universe. Well, some people say that giant meteors are the most destructive beings since they did kill off the dinosaurs. But, some people wouldn’t call a meteor a being and others think that dinosaurs are still alive.

Anyways, I’ve had way too much time to think about what annoys me. In the past, I only knew things annoyed me because they lived in the same apartment. Nowadays, I just ponder my annoyances. So this is me, being a hyper neurotic or just plain intolerable of being disturbed from my propane bubble of existence.

A specific sequence of synapses resides in my brain. Like any other brain with wavering levels of chemicals and what not, my brain is annoying at times. If I’m minding my own business and outside force disturbs my concentration I have to fight with my synapses to regain my composure. Fighting takes time, time is money. Money is a luxury at times and I’m the pauper.

Passing on the blame is ridiculous. Any argument that goes on and on in circles from this dimension and the next is ridiculous. We’ve had this conversation before it starts nowhere and ends with me ignoring your point of view because clearly any one-sided conversation you have with me is going to cause me to “rethink,” my actions. It just disturbs the synapses and I wind up in a black hole.

It’s really hard to come out of a dark hole.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Watching: Bonds of Silence

A Tori Thursday Review by ToRI MaX

Now normally, I only watch romantic comedy movies. This time though I made an exception. Since I now have more free time, I watch movies on TV. I was skimming through the channels, and I eventually settled on the Lifetime channel. You can never go wrong with this channel. They give amazing movies. They show all kinds of movies, and the one movie I came across was Bond of Silence. Here’s what the Internet Movie Database says:

A widow's forgiveness. A killer's remorse. Bond of Silence is the true life story of a shocking murder and the amazing bond that came from it. Katy and Bob live a perfect life in a small close knit town. He's a respected lawyer, a renowned tri-athlete. She just had twins. It is New Year's Eve. Teens converge on the house next door. Always the good neighbor, Bob goes to shut it down. A confrontation occurs. Then he's dead. No teen comes forward. The media pours in. Headlines scream. Katy hunts for answers. But no one talks. A bond of silence covers the town. The police do an undercover sting and someone's caught. Ryan, a popular kid, tries to be cool, but the burden of what he did that night is unbelievable. Ryan and his attorney want to plead not guilty, but then Katy and Ryan meet. Where Katy should be a grieving wife, she becomes a supportive mother. Rather than berating, she listens. Rather than accusing, she comforts. And Ryan tells her what happened.

Since Bob was murdered, I had my eye on who killed him. I was like it’s definitely that guy. Turns out, I was completely wrong about who killed him. I didn’t even suspect Ryan till the very end. Throughout the whole movie I was in suspense. I really don’t like suspense movies because I hate waiting for the answers. This movie did a great job on keeping me attuned to it, and it wasn’t scary at all. I hate horror movies; they give me ugly nightmares. Bond of Silence wasn’t scary, but it was full of suspense. Those who like suspense movies without blood, this is your movie!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

On Writing

After wondering for an hour about what to write it hit me… I can write about Enhance, publishing, and writing. I love writing about Enhance! The last issue for Enhance turned out to be the best so far. It has a careful blend of serious, abstract, and not-so abstract that really defines the magazine.

Enhance is a quarterly literary and art magazine that will try to understand the human’s perception of life through literature and art. Enhance is interested in publishing new and emerging artists in all genres.

Enhance No 4 will be printed. Yay! Print! I found a great print on demand site that will print the magazine for a reasonable price so that readers can buy the magazine at an affordable price!

I am somewhat disappointed in some writers, though. A portion of writers only submit to magazines that offer compensation. That’s not right. I mean, I know they are trying to make it big, to write the next American Novel, to be the next Nora Roberts or Stephen King, but you don’t make money by publishing in every zine or magazine. That’s just not fun.

It makes me reconsider my writing goals. As a writer, I want to write. I don’t want to “write for the sake of writing,” I want to write for the sake of Good Writing. I want my stories to have great beginnings, great midsections, and great endings. I want my characters to be boisterous and realistic. I want my readers to read the writing for the crafted piece of art that it is. Some of my writing is obscure, some of it is narrow minded, and some if it is concise to every sense, but it’s all crafted.

Writers who want to earn money by writing should try crafting their pieces. Writing is a craft, a trade, a relationship of its own with words and meaning. As a publisher, I want to represent Good Writing. As an Editor, I want to read crafted writing that means more than a passing glance at words.

A Book to help with Beginnings,
Middles, and Ends
I re-read it yesterday!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Watching: Beauty Shop

A Tori Tuesday Review by ToRI MaX

Beauty ShopI’m not sure what kind of genre this next movie falls underneath. I guess it’s a romance film with some comedy. This was actually the first movie I started watching on TV. Nowadays, TV is my biggest distraction. Now here’s a summary from Wikipedia on Beauty Shop.

Gina Norris (Queen Latifah) is a widowed hairstylist who has moved from Chicago to Atlanta so her daughter, Vanessa (Paige Hurd) can attend a private music school. She's made a name for herself as a stylist, but after her self-centered boss, Jorge (Bacon) berates her work, she leaves and sets up her own shop, purchasing a run-down salon. Because Jorge is jealous that his shop is losing clients to Gina's, he hires a health inspector to find various ways to shut down Gina's business.

This movie had some really great moments. My favorite character, besides Gina, is the blond chick. She follows Gina from Jorge’s Salon and becomes one of Gina’s employees. She finds it hard to fit in because she is the only white person at the salon. At first the other workers tease her a lot, but eventually, she finds her place at Gina’s salon. She’s one of the side characters. Gina is the main character which has such a strong personality. She attracts people to her, and her employees really love her. This shows toward the end of the movie when somebody breaks into Gina’s salon. Gina is close to losing hope, when the next day she walks into her shop, and finds it completely renovated by her employees.

This is a great movie! I suggest you watch it because it does have some important messages. Follow your heart, and it will take you where you want to be. There’s also Beauty Shop 2, but unfortunately, I haven’t seen that one. Let me know if you get to see it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday Morning – JAN 17

A short playlist for your Monday Morning. Click play on the Grooveshark Widget (and totally read my awesome descriptions of each song).

This is a very personal playlist, as I don’t always discuss personal issues. The following twelve songs mesh together to form the core of my perspective personal of love. Love in terms of significant other love, the other half love, or most commonly referred to as “true love.” Love is a seriously deep emotion.

Morrison HotelFirst off we’ll start with my one true love Jim Morrison… I mean The Doors and their song “Blue Sunday.” This song and “Crystal Ship” are the top two ‘love’ songs in my book because the instrumental chords guide you through the back door of sensory emotions. This song is a sample of perfect ownership: “My girl is mine, she is the world, she is my girl.” That’s love, isn’t it?

Wake Up It's TomorrowNext song is “Pretty Song from Psych-Out,” by Strawberry Alarm Clock. This song also drives you along the narrow escape of sensory wavelengths. You can catch it in the movie Psych-Out, a movie about a runaway girl who is looking for her brother in San Francisco during the counter culture peak. The best line of this song has nothing to do with ‘love,’ though. The best line is: “I am lost in a poet’s dream where skies are burgundy. Just to wave my hands and say the words they will be blue.” Sounds like eternal awesome power to change your life around you!

Danny's SongNow, this next song is a suggestion by a person I respect. “Danny’s Song,” by Kenny Loggins is not exactly my cup of tea… it’s too mushy. But, it has this really clever guitar riff in it. Well, it has cool lyrics too: “Love the girl who holds the world in a paper cup, drink it up, love her and she’ll bring you luck.” That’s just epic lyric writing. How fragile do you think a paper cup will be if you hold the darned whole world in it? Really, the person holding this cup is going to bring you luck! Intense.

Suspicious MindsI’ve never really been a fan of Elvis Presley and yes I only found this song because of this post… but, “Suspicious Minds,” is the perfect song for this playlist. OK so maybe Elvis sings well that’s always a plus. However, the first lines of this song are: “we’re caught in a trap. I can’t walk out, because I love you too much baby.” That just sobers me up from a lovesick drink. Then Elvis sings: “we can’t go on together with suspicious minds and we can’t build our dreams on suspicious minds.” The songwriters had it right back in 1969. Best song advice ever!

Wicked Game“Wicked Game,” by Chris Isaak has been on the list of favorite songs since forever. Well, since I first heard the song in 7th grade. I’m not sure if it was the music or the singing but this song clicked. It clicked onto me like a lattice clicks in a crystal. It’s a great song about not wanting to fall in love when external forces push you to love. It’s brilliant!

Truly Madly Deeply“Truly, Madly, Deeply,” by Savage Garden goes on the list of favorite songs since forever, too. Not too sure why. Like most songs I like this song connects to something about love, possibly my first crush. (Sadly I remember my first crush.) If anything, this song inspired me to write. The chorus section: “I want to stand with you on a mountain. I want to bathe with you in the sea.” Definitely struck a note in me and brought me to my muse.

EndlesslyMuse isn’t my real muse, but it’s inspirational. The song “Endlessly,” is one of the less soul crashing songs from their entire discography. The line “Hopelessly, I’ll love you endlessly.” is just brilliant. It’s also reminiscent of the way I ‘love.’ It’s a total arrest of my willpower and I hopelessly surrender to my captor. It’s really embarrassing that I’m that type of lover. The kind that “hopelessly,” gives to the other.

Torn“Torn,” by Natalie Imbruglia is a very tricky love type song. Disappointment in love and your loved one comes from the preconceived expectations that we bring into relationships. The line: “Well you couldn’t be that man I adored,” is a perfect example of those expectations. High expectations of someone who can’t be what you *want* leads to “I’m all out of faith. This is how I feel, I’m cold and I am ashamed lying naked on the floor.” Basically, it leads to not good things.

You're All I NeedAnyways, I have a weakness for 80s rock. “You’re All I Need,” by Motley Crue is not your typical love song. It’s really gory, terribly awesome, and has an amazing guitar riff. The story goes that Nikki Sixx wrote this song to his ex-girlfriend. Which, is really funny because this song is about killing your ex-girlfriend. It’s a perfect twisted song about love gone wrong.

So FineContinuing with my weakness for 80s rock is “So Fine,” by Guns N Roses. This song is so slick that even a frozen road can’t compare. On their own, the lyrics tell a tale of a man who can’t believe he has *the girl* of his dreams. There’s a little turn in the song as Axl sings: “Well I’d look right up at night, and all I see was darkness, now I see the stars alright. I wanna reach right up and grab one for you,” that’s when this song sings about me. Like in the “Endlessly,” song this song talks about a person who will grab the stars for you.

I Want You To Want MeNext up is a classic, well all these songs are classic. But, “I Want You To Want Me,” by Cheap Trick is the epitome of pop love. The song is composed of five lines sung over and over with a catchy tune. Just enjoy it.

I Believe In A Thing Called LoveLast song, but not the last song in my ‘personal love song’ playlist, is “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” by The Darkness. Really, I believe. Some people think that seeing is believing, however it can also mean believing is seeing so if believing in love leads to seeing love; hey this works! A lot of people are jaded in this world but being jaded doesn’t mean you can’t believe. Love is out there, it really is.

Well that’s it for this week’s Monday Morning Playlist.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Watching: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [+Digital Booklet]
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (Original Score Composed By Nigel Godrich) [+Digital Booklet]Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is epic. There is a guy (who is 22) who falls in love with the girl of his dreams and has to defeat seven evil ex's to date her. Simple story line, with the inclusion of in-game flare makes for a "win" movie. There was only one problem... Michael Cera came off as too weak. It was mega surprising when he "kicked ass" against his opponents. This made Scott Pilgrim's personality split into cry baby and bad ass.

Also, as far as movies directed by Edgar Wright go.. this one is by far the best. So yay for that! Anyways, watch the movie, it's epic, and listen to the soundtrack because it's good.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Time Machine

Time Machine: the project. I will explore alternative ways to make electronica videos and music. This includes using clips from old movies (preferably in the public domain), modern songs, public domain songs, and tunes I make in LMMS.

Here are some Time Machine videos

Time Machine Does the Time Warp in 8-Bit

A...merican Woman - Charlie Chaplin in 8-Bit

Friday, January 14, 2011

How to Break or Block a Spell

The other day someone asked me to give them a spell to break or block a bad luck spell... I don't believe in such spells. I believe in Energy and negative energy surrounds you if you're in a negative bind. You must disrupt the concentration of energy to stop receiving negative energy. AKA If you're feeling very upset well then take out the portions of your life that make you upset. Yeah, yeah not that easy... life isn't easy. It wouldn't be life if it were easy.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Watching: 10 Things I Hate About You

A Tori Thursday Review by ToRI MaX

10 Things I Hate About You: Volume OneI’ve been watching Anime and TV shows. One of the T.V. shows that I came across was 10 things I hate about you. This show falls under the genre of romantic comedy. The plot that I found on Wikipedia runs like this (You can’t trust Wikipedia in everything, but I watched the whole season. I can vouch for them that this summary is correct).

The Stratford sisters, Kat (Lindsey Shaw) and Bianca (Meaghan Jette Martin), have just moved from Ohio to California. As they start at their new school (Padua High), they have very clear goals. It's clear that one sister wants to stand out and the other just wants to fit in. Kat is a cool, intelligent, strong-willed, forthright feminist who is looking to save the world and get out of school as fast as she can. When she meets the intense Patrick Verona (Ethan Peck), sparks begin to fly. Bianca is a social butterfly whose main goal in life is to be popular, but when the head cheerleader makes her the mascot, she realizes she has a long way to go. As they start a bumpy year at Padua High, Kat and Bianca attempt to navigate the popular crowd, boys and their over-protective dad (Larry Miller).

It’s funny and full of awkward teenage moments. It also has plenty of suspense for those interested in romantic comedy. I was on the edge of my seat for each episode. It may sound like a cliché, but I was captivated by how the show created an atmosphere of complexity and simplicity, at the same time. Unfortunately, the last show was left with a huge cliffhanger. The show is left with many open and unsolved problems. It was a huge disappointment because it didn’t finish. Thankfully, the second season is coming out soon. It airs on ABC family on Monday, March 29 at 8/7c. I can’t wait for it to come out! Meanwhile, you have time to catch up on the story!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Reading: Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1Dear Readers (Crazy fanatics of comedy romance hopefully),

I have come here today to converse with you on my favorite topic… (Drum roll please) myself. Yes, I am such a great topic that there are many cities and places named after me. Yes, yes, wait?! What!? I have to change my topic? Well, then, instead of talking about myself, I will introduce you to Ouran High School Host Club! It’s this comedy romance manga that I just finished reading last night. It was so addicting, that I stayed up till 3 in the morning reading it, even though I had to go to mass the following day. Well, I often did put my laptop down and shut it, but that’s for restroom and junk food breaks.

In the Ouran High School Host Club: Haruhi Fujioka is a scholar student at the prestigious Ouran Academy, a fictional high school located in Bunkyō, Tokyo. Looking for a quiet place to study, Haruhi stumbles upon the Ouran Academy Host Club who gather to entertain female "clients". During their first meeting, Haruhi accidentally knocks over and breaks an antique vase valued at ¥8,000,000 (US$80,000 in English manga) and is told to repay the cost in service to the club. Haruhi's short hair, slouching attire and gender-ambiguous look cause her to be mistaken by the hosts for a male student. The hosts all agree that Haruhi would be a good host, thus making her join the host club. The hosts later find out that she is a girl, and they keep the secret so she can remain as a host.

This story is such a beautiful tale of the rich prince falling in love with the poor girl, except it seems like their roles are switched. The female main role, Haruhi Fujioka, is calm, dense, extremely blunt, and completely honest. She is not the girly type. The male main role, Tamaki Suou, is very cheerful and charismatic. His feelings get easily hurt my Haruhi’s blunt comments. It’s a unique romance story with lots of comedy, and bits of romance with some sad parts throughout the story.

You must read it!


Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Morning – JAN 10

A short playlist for your Monday Morning. Click play on the Grooveshark Widget (and totally read my awesome descriptions of each song. Soon, I promise I'll record them and include them in the playlist).

Fly, Robin FlyThis week’s playlist is an electronic fusion (and electronic related songs) with women vocalists. Today we’re starting with “Fly Robin Fly,” by Silver Convention. The song was released as a single from Save Me, their 1975 album. The best part about this song is the instrumental score. But, if you really want to sing along the lyrics are: "Fly, robin fly. Up, up to the sky."

Greatest Hits (Hk)Next is “I can’t stand the rain,” a remake by Eruption. The Eruption version has more of a disco/dance twist than the original by Ann Peebles. This twist though, is truly wonderful and just makes you want to dance under the rain! Even if you can’t stand the rain against your window because it brings back sweet memories of the man/woman who is not here with you. Forget that person, just dance under the rain.

Nothing Can Stop Us (Album Version)For the third song, I have “Nothing Can Stop Us,” by Saint Etienne. “Nothing Can Stop Us,” is the third single by Saint Etienne released in 1991. It’s a great song, totally chill, and easy to slip into.

Come On Let's GoUp next is “Come On Let’s Go,” by Broadcast, this song continues in this chill tempo. “Come on Let’s Go,” is the fourth song in Broadcast’s first studio album. It’s basically a song about moving on as the lyrics prod you “What’s the point in wasting time on people that you’ll never know. Come on let’s go.”

Ooh La LaNow, it’s time to speed up the tempo a bit with “Ooh La La,” by Goldfrapp. “Ooh La La” is based around a synthesizer and guitar arrangement and is inspired by disco. To me though, this song is very similar to their single “Strict Machine.” So in a sense, it’s like the same song in terms of rhythms but with different messages.

Cry For You (Radio Mix)Well this brings us to “Cry for you,” by September. Miss Petra Linnea Paula Marklund is just gorgeous and so are her songs. “Cry for you,” is one September’s top listened to songs and by far one of my favorite songs even if it is 4 years old.

Walk The LineNext, still picking up the tempo, we have “Walk the Line,” by Dani Siciliano. My imagination goes into overdrive with this song. I get a clear image of me in a hunter outfit of some sort going through the rain forest while it’s incredibly hot, there are a ton of rabid mosquitoes, and I’m on a mission.

Dimestore DiamondSo moving on now to “Dimestore Diamond,” by Gossip. This is the first song from their Music for Men album (2009). Choosing a song from this album is taxing because the whole album is great! The song talks about a girl who is a dimestore diamond who is sort of cheap but still shines like a real diamond.

The Most Wonderful GirlLast song for this playlist is “Most Wonderful Girl,” by the Lords of Acid. This song is described as “an ode to self-love and masturbation,” but if you take out all the sex, you will find the underlying principle of self-empowerment. But, self-empowerment through sexual empowerment works too.

Well that’s it for this week’s Monday Morning.